Coach: Gerroid Doughty
#2: 5’4 ’23 Jordan Lineberger (Hickory, NC)
Starting things off, we look at a player that showcased a pretty well-rounded skillset during his time at camp, Jordan Lineberger. He’s a fairly smart, young guard with a useful motor and the ability to make plays on both sides of the ball. Next in his development process is working on his off-ball defense, as it would make him a more complete player. Coach Doughty on Lineberger: “Jordan surprised me with his athleticism. When he got open, he knocked down his shots. Jordan moves well without the ball. He can work on his ball-handling. Jordan has a great attitude and is very coachable. He could utilize his quickness more often. He really rebounds and get after loose balls with fantastic effort. Jordan was a favorite of mine.” Lineberger is quite young but did an excellent job of competing and contributing throughout the day, which should make him a prospect to watch going forward.
#16: 5’10 ’20 Jordan Coleman (Chester, SC)
Next, we look at a player that was truly dominant on both sides of the ball throughout camp, Jordan Coleman. He’s a strong, athletic point guard prospect with an exceptional motor and two-way feel for the game. Coleman scores the ball efficiently on all three levels and simply cannot be stopped when attacking the basket, both as a scorer and playmaker. Next in his development process is working on being more vocal on the court, as his skillset is nearly complete. Coach Doughty on Coleman: “Please don’t be fooled by Jordan’s stature, as he’s a high-flyer. He was able to penetrate with ease no matter who was guarding him. Jordan has great upper body strength, which helps him score at the rim through contact. He’s lightning quick and rebounds extremely well for his size. Defensively, Jordan will guard opponents closely and will close out on shooters. He reminds me of a young Chris Clemons with his dunking ability. I’m looking forward to following his basketball career.” Coleman is a special type of talent that could likely have great success at the Division I level, so it’ll be interesting to see what college programs get involved within the next calendar year.
#20: 5’8 ’22 Mekhi Goree (Statesville, NC)
Moving onto a player that was able to highlight a useful skillset on both ends of the floor Mekhi Goree. He’s a slightly undersized point guard prospect, but is equipped with the IQ and the three-level scoring prowess to overwhelm most opponents. Next in his development process is working to become a better rebounder, as it would allow him to grab boards and push the break in transition. Coach Doughty on Goree: “Mekhi is a shooter. When he lines up for three, go ahead and count them. He gave great effort throughout the day. I liked his motor and has great power and stamina. He really shined in transition defense. Mekhi has a great attitude and is very coachable. He wasn’t able to get a lot of rebounds but he did come up with some key ones to help us win. He moves well without the ball and finds spots to score.” Gore enjoyed a terrific showing at camp and looks likely to continue steadily improving over the next few years, especially if he puts in the necessary work.
#35: 6’1 ’21 Andrew Mendolia (Newport, NC)
Continuing onto a player that showcased an extremely strong team-first approach during his time at camp, Andrew Mendolia. He’s a nice two-way guard that does a quality job of playing with energy and containing his assignment on defense. Mendolia showed the ability to score from all three levels, but also looked to make plays for others whenever possible. Next in his development process is working on his consistency as a three-point shooter, as it would make him a more complete offensive threat. Coach Doughty on Mendolia: “Please give me five Andrews and I’ll be fine. This guy rebounds, passes, shoots, finishes at the rim, gets steals, and plays great defense. This guy is a high-level player with a high basketball IQ. He has an excellent attitude and gave us great effort all day. He has good rotation and form on his shot. I look forward to following his career.” Mendolia knows how to contribute and doesn’t require offensive touches to make an impact, so it’ll be interesting to see his progression going forward.
#38: 6’2 ’20 John Tastinger II (Otto, NC)
Next, we look at a player that stood out with his nonstop motor and competitive nature, John Tastinger II. He’s a very well-rounded guard prospect that can operate within a variety of different roles on offense while containing his assignment nicely on the other end. Tastinger places a strong emphasis on the little things and proved to be a quality teammate throughout the day. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would make him an even better finisher around the basket. Coach Doughty on Tastinger: “John gave fantastic effort today. He’s a big-time player. He’s ready to show his skills. He’s a terrific rebounder and an even better defensive player. John is very coachable. He missed some threes, but knocked down his midrange jumpers with ease. He is a finisher at the rim. He has quick hands and plays the passing lanes well. John is a beast offensively on the block and I will be watching him in the future.” Tastinger knows how to contribute and make plays alongside any group of teammates, so expect him to have a productive upcoming season and generate some interest from college coaches.
#39: 6’2 ’22 LeBron Thomas (Bishopville, SC)
Moving onto a player that has the chance to become an extremely high-level prospect sooner than later, LeBron Thomas. He’s a long, athletic point guard prospect with size and a tremendous two-way feel for the game. Thomas has phenomenal vision and playmaking instincts, which he utilizes quite often upon entering the paint. He’s also a terrific defender that can force steals and contain his assignment with relative ease. Next in his development process is working on his consistency from three-point territory, as it would make him virtually unstoppable. Coach Doughty on Thomas: “LeBron is deceptively long and has a really long wingspan, which helps him finish at the rim. He also has superb quickness. LeBron plays great help-side defense. When he penetrated, he was able to finish at the rim effectively and find open teammates. His second effort on rebounds is just as good as his first. He has a good jumper with good rotation on the ball. LeBron is a good athlete and I like his game; he’s one to watch.” Thomas looked like one of the more appealing players and long-term prospects from camp, so it should be exciting to watch his continued progression over these next few years.
#58: 6’3 ’19 Jaylen Moore (Spring Lake, NC)
Continuing onto a player that really embraced the team concept and outworked opponents on both sides of the ball, Jaylen Moore. He’s a strong-bodied forward prospect that handles the ball well for his size and is capable of getting to the basket and finishing against almost any type of opponent. Moore was a versatile defender throughout camp and rebounded the ball nicely on both ends of the floor. Next in his development process is working on his ability to shoot of the dribble, as it would make him a more dynamic offensive threat. Coach Doughty on Moore: “Jaylen has good size and soft hands. He has great basketball IQ. A lot of players his age don’t understand the x’s and o’s quite like him. He’s a great rebounder and defensive player. Jaylen is an outstanding penetrator and finisher. He has good quickness and good form on his jumper. I was excited every time he touched the ball, which is something I’ve never said before.” Moore worked exceptionally hard and caused a lot of matchup problems at camp, so it’ll be interesting to see how his recruitment unfolds going forward.
#62:6’4 ’21 Kamell Smith (Burlington, NC)
Finishing up, we look at a player that does an excellent job of affecting various facets of the game, Kamell Smith. He’s a strong, fairly athletic wing prospect that plays with a tremendous motor and understands how to assert himself on both sides of the ball. Smith can work with or without the ball, score effectively from all three levels, and switch across multiple positions on defense. Next in his development process is working to become craftier with the ball in his hands, as it would allow him to create easy scoring opportunities for himself and others. Coach Doughty on Smith: “Kamell is a player. His back to the basket moves are outstanding. He gave us maximum effort today. Kamell is not afraid to mix it up under the basket to get rebounds. Kamell has great footwork on the perimeter as well as the post. Kamell has a good feel for the game and really gets after it on defense. He can jump with the best of them.” Smith is an intriguing prospect that is truly just beginning to scratch the surface of his long-term upside, so it’ll be interesting to see how he pans out going forward.